Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland
Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: County Offices, Kendal

Contact: Nicola Harrison  Email: nicola.harrison@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

16.

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr G Archibald, Mr A Muirhead, Mrs S Sanderson, Mr W Wearing and Mrs J Willis.

17.

Public Participation

To receive any petitions, questions or statements.

Minutes:

Mrs Gore a resident, attended the meeting to make a statement about the Fell Foot Traffic Regulation Order (agenda item 10a on the Agenda).

 

She made the following statement:

 

My husband and I live in Staveley-in-Cartmel and while we appreciate the safety concerns about parking on the main road outside Fell Foot Park and agree that there are issues with parking at the junction with our lane, we strongly disagree with the proposal to run double yellow lines further into the village.

 

Our house is directly onto the lane and any restrictions to parking outside our home would seriously interfere with our everyday life and cause considerable inconvenience. Any short stay visitors such as window cleaners, gardeners, heating engineers would have nowhere to park their vehicles. We have never had any problems with parking on the lane in 15 years and doubt that parking restrictions at the main road junction with our lane would push the problem further into the village.

 

We urge you to consider carefully the effect of double yellow lines down a narrow lane in a picturesque Lake District village. They would be a terrible eyesore and would destroy the appearance of the village which is in the National Park, a World Heritage site and an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

 

This apparent parking problem on the lane stems from a single incident last year when a car parked across a gateway preventing the farmer to have access to his field. The police were called and the incident was blown out of all proportion because actually there are other access points to this particular field. Without this isolated incident no action would have been even been considered.

 

She added the following:

·         There were a large number of houses at the end of the little lane adjacent to her property and large vehicles could not access this. Large vehicles parked outside her property and goods were transferred onto smaller vehicles which were of a more appropriate size to then use the lane.

·         She had lived in the village for 50 years and had encountered no parking problems

·         There had been hot weather the previous year and subsequently, there had been a larger volume than usual of vehicles. A person had parked and blocked a farm gate at the bottom of the lane. The police had been called.

·         She thought there should be double yellow lines but objected to lines extending further along the road.

 

Mrs Gore circulated photographs of the location to the Committee.

 

The Chairman gave the following response:

 

In recent years parking on the roads surrounding and near to Fell Foot Park has increased greatly.  This has presented serious safety issues and resulted in Cumbria Constabulary having to carry out regular site visits to deal with the vehicles causing obstructions and presenting safety issues. 

 

The proposed parking restrictions will deal with the indiscriminate parking creating a serious danger to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. 

 

The lines extending along the section of C5041 into Staveley in Cartmel village will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the press and public not be excluded from the meeting of any items of business on this occasion.

19.

Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                   interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the         area of the authority; and

 

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one       hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

Minutes:

Mr Hogg declared that he sat on the Steering Group for Applied Theatre in Cumbria (referred to in Agenda item 6, Area Manager’s Report)

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 4 June 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 4 June 2019 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.

21.

AREA PLANNING - SOUTH LAKELAND pdf icon PDF 599 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Acting Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report provides information and offers recommendations to the Local Committee for approval from meetings of the Strategic Planning Working Group and the Children and Young Peoples Working Group. It also updates the Local Committee on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding Area Planning in South Lakeland. The report provided service information and offered recommendations to South Lakeland Local Committee form the Strategic Planning Working Group meeting of 24 June 2019 and Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting on 19 June 2019. It also provided Local Committee with an update on activity against agreed priorities and provided an overview of the current budget position.

 

In briefing members on the work undertaken, as outlined in the report, the Area Manager – South Lakeland drew members’ attention in particular to the grants approved under £5,000.

 

Discussion took place on the importance of the inclusion of young people in rural areas who were at danger from drug abuse and county lines issues. A member asked that it be considered in future that these issues existed outside deprived, urban areas. The Area Manager agreed and advised that this would be fed back to the working group considering these matters. A member talked about the theatre that he belonged to which had undertaken a performance on the issue of county lines. He asked that a video of the performance be brought to committee at a future meeting. Mr Thornton advised that local councils did work together on county lines issues.

 

It was moved by Mr Cook and seconded by Mr Hogg that Mr Wilson be appointed as Autism Champion for South Lakeland Local Committee. This would cover autism in all age ranges. Mr Wilson gave a short speech on his work over the years on autism.

 

Mrs Evans gave a briefing on the business conducted at the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting. Mr Wilson talked about the importance of paying regard to the Brathay Scheme in terms of addressing child sexual exploitation. Mr Hogg commented on his successful meeting with two Kendal based Health and Wellbeing Coaches (HAWCS) regarding their preventative work and ideas for future funding.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             The budget update for 2019-20 including the commitments and expenditure to date be noted

2             The work of the Strategic Planning Working Group as set out in the minutes at Appendix B of the report be noted.

3             £8,328 2018/19 be allocated to operational underspend in the Sandgate Pool Budget which has been brought forward to 2019/20 to cover a short term closure period.

4             The work of the Children and Young People’s Working Group as set out in the minutes at Appendix C of the report be noted.

5             A grant of £6,741 towards a young person’s worker at Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service from the 0-19 Budget, Appendix D of the report be approved.

6          A grant of £10,523 to develop a network of trained teaching and pastoral staff to support young carers from the 0-19 Budget, Appendix E of the report be approved.

7          The grants under £5,000 which have been approved in consultation with elected Members be noted. 

8          Mark Wilson represent South  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

2019/20 HIGHWAYS DEVOLVED REVENUE AND CAPITAL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 244 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report provides details of the Local Committee’s Highways Revenue and Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budgets.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure regarding the 2019/20 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update. The report presented the budget finance reports and updated members as to current progress on the budget lines as detailed in the appendices to the report.

 

The Highways Network Manager advised on the projected overspend on the Highways Revenue Allocation which was largely due to the brought forward overspend and verge maintenance invoices for 2017/18 and 2018/19 which had now been agreed with South Lakeland District Council. He expected overspend to reduce over the remainder of the year. The Highways Devolved Capital Budget was explained with the Highways Network Manager undertaking to let members know which carriageways resurfacing schemes were on hold. A further update on this matter would be provided at the next meeting. A detailed explanation was given on the Highways Non Devolved Capital Budget.

 

Following member questions, the Highways Network Manager gave an explanation on accruals, confirmed that a team would be dispatched to clear gullies after surface dressing had been undertaken and advised that negotiations with South Lakeland District Council on verge maintenance invoices had concluded, following his challenge for further information on what the County Council had paid for. A member welcomed that this had been challenged as this was public money.

 

A short discussion took place on Working Together and how work undertaken by community groups and Parish Councils would be documented and paid for. This related to work done on behalf of the County Council and enhancement work. Members asked for clarity at the Committee’s Highways and Transportation Working Group about the arrangements for paying community groups and Parish Councils.

 

The Highways Network Manager talked about the cutting of verges in the area. The Schedule would be circulated to members. A short discussion took place on the merits of fewer cuts of verges to encourage biodiversity. A review of this practice was referred for review by the Committee’s Highways and Transportation Working Group.

 

RESOLVED that,  The revenue and capital budget allocations for 2019/20 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of June 2019 and shown in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report be noted.

23.

County Hall Off Street Parking Order pdf icon PDF 343 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report advises on the County Hall Off Street Car Parking Order.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director - Highways and Transportation regarding the County Hall Off Street Car Park. The report advised members on the outcome of the meeting of the South Lakeland Highways and Transportation Working Group meeting on 19 June 2019.

 

The Senior Manager - Commercial Investment and Property guided members through the background to the proposal and provided detailed clarification on the issues members had raised at the Working Group meeting. He drew members’ attention to the report and minutes of the Working Group and the plan showing the areas comprising County Hall, Kendal parking restrictions.

 

He tabled and read out the updated recommendation which had been circulated and published before the meeting which read as follows “The Local Committee agree that in relation to Area 5, the Order be amended so that the operating hours of Area 5 be amended to “between 0915 hours to 1800 hours, Monday to Friday (including public and bank holidays), between 0800 hours and 1800 hours on a Saturday, and between 1300 hours and 1800 hours on a Sunday.” Members were informed that the timetable of implementation may be subject to change.

 

Mr Thornton, Local Member welcomed the proposal but expressed his concern about the displacement of vehicles to surrounding streets. He drew comparisons with car parking provision at Cumbria House, Carlisle but highlighted that it did not suffer from vehicle displacement onto surrounding streets. He highlighted the cost of parking for South Lakeland District Council staff and asked that staff parking charges should be reasonable so they used the car park rather than elsewhere. This was echoed by other members. He welcomed the concession in parking times in order to facilitate morning drop off of children at Stramongate School. This would contribute to Safe Routes to School. He asked that further dialogue take place about afternoon pick up.

 

A member welcomed that discussions on inclusive access for parking was being undertaken and, on behalf of the local church, welcomed that charging on a Sunday would not start until 1pm. The Senior Manager - Commercial Investment and Property confirmed that fines may be incurred if signage displaying times etc., which would be clear, was not adhered to. He advised on parking provision for members on the days of events and Full Council meetings.

 

Following member questions, the Senior Manager - Commercial Investment and Property provided confirmation that Council mini buses with permits associated with school transport would be able to use Area 6 of the car park. He advised on the timing of the review of the scheme. Staff arrangements would also be subject to a formal Human Resources engagement process to agree final arrangements. It was acknowledged that this would likely require the issue of temporary staff parking permits until the conclusion of the consultation exercise. It was suggested by a member that perhaps the public could purchase a reasonably priced permit. Cards and cash would be accepted by the machines.

 

A member commented on how to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP MEETING 19TH JUNE 2019 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 19 June 2019 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Highways and Transportation Working Group Meeting held on 19 June 2019. The report provided the minutes of the Working Group meeting held on 19 June and included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

The Chairman of the Working Group provided a briefing on the business conducted at the meeting.

 

Members queried the process of agreeing to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of restrictions on Webb View and Earle Court, Kendal and whether future, similar TROs could be undertaken by the Working Group referring them to an officer rather than come to the Local Committee for agreement, in order to expedite the process. The Senior Democratic Services Officer undertook to review the process.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             Local Committee note the Minutes of the Working Group meeting of 19th June 2019 which are attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

2             Local Committee agree the recommendation of the Working Group, to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of “No Waiting at Any Time” and “One-way traffic” restrictions on Busher Walk Service Road (North- South Leg), Kendal as shown on the plan which is attached as Appendix 2 of the report.

3             Local Committee agree the recommendation of the Working Group to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of “No Waiting At Any Time” restrictions on Webb View and Earle Court, Kendal as shown on the plan which is attached as Appendix 3 of the report.

4             Local Committee agree the recommendation of the Working Group that in the event that there are no unresolved objections to the proposed restrictions referred to in paragraphs 3.2 and/or 3.3 of the report, at the expiry of the statutory advertisement and consultation period,  that the restrictions referred to therein be brought into operation, as advertised

5             A review of the Traffic Regulation Order process in terms of proceeding to statutory consultation and advertisement be undertaken

25.

Traffic Regulation Orders

To consider the following reports from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

25a

Prohibition of No Waiting at Any Time Fell Foot and Newby Bridge pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was considered immediately after Public Participation.

 

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Prohibition of No Waiting at Any Time Fell Foot and Newby Bridge. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertisement of the Order, summarised the proposals and sought a resolution from the Committee on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

The Traffic Management Senior Technician drew members’ attention to the prohibition notice, provided background to the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and advised on the Committee’s options for decision making. She recommended that the Order be brought into force.

 

Mr Cook read out a statement from the local member, Mrs Sanderson who was unable to attend due to Cabinet Commitments. The statement read as follows:

 

In recent years parking on the roads surrounding and near to Fell Foot Park has increased greatly.  This has presented serious safety issues and resulted in Cumbria Constabulary having to carry out regular site visits to deal with the vehicles causing obstructions and presenting safety issues. 

 

The proposed parking restrictions will deal with the indiscriminate parking creating a serious danger to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. 

 

The lines extending along the section of C5041 into Staveley in Cartmel village will address the congestion at this point, which causes the greatest impact for residents, who at peak times are unable to access their driveways due to parked vehicles.  The proposals on the C5041 will also address future displacement of vehicles who will no longer be able to park on the A592 and C5048.

 

Consideration is given to the effect No Waiting at Any Time restrictions can have within the National Park and to reduce the impact these are implemented in primrose which is a much less intrusive colour.

 

The extend of the proposed No Waiting At Any Time restrictions will resolve the safety issues and are proportionate to the scale of the problem experienced year on year at this location.

 

Mrs Gore was invited by the Chair to provide further information to the Committee before the debate. Mrs Gore acknowledged the parking problems on the main road and at the junction up into the lane, however this was infrequent and did not extend as far as that indicated on the map at Appendix 2 of the report. It was too narrow to park at that point and people therefore parked outside her home. She referred to Mrs Sanderson’s point that double yellow lines may push parking into Fell Foot, but urged members not to agree to put yellow lines beyond the small lane.

 

Mr Brereton the other Local Member supported the scheme in general and advised on the parking problems in the area and issues faced by coaches and visibility problems. He supported Mrs Gore’s proposal over the length of the yellow lines, expressing the view that the officer’s proposal may be excessive and suggested consultation with local residents to arrive at a compromise. He reported on the reluctance of drivers  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25a

25b

Castle Estate and Oxenholme 20mph and 20mph Speed Limit Various Order 2019 pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding Castle Estate and Oxenholme 20mph and 20mph Speed Limit Various Order 2019. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertisement and sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

The Traffic Management Senior Technician reported on the background to the Order and recommended that the Order be brought into operation.

 

Mr Hogg, the Local Member welcomed that the scheme had been brought forward, commenting on the positive consultation with local residents and the amendment made to the Order based on the feedback. He asked members to approve the Order.

 

It was moved by Mr Hogg and seconded by Mrs Gray that the order be brought into operation. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED that, the County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland)(Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (No.3) 20>< isbrought into operation as advertised, having taken into account the objections which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to a paragraph 7.2 of this Report.

 

 

 

26.

Community Development and Public Health Activity - Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director - Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report details the Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and Locality Public Health Manager

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding community development and public health activity. The report drew attention to key community development and public health activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team, and Locality Public Health Manager.

 

The Locality Public Health Manager guided members through the work of the team, drawing attention to the Cumbria Suicide Prevention Strategy. He advised that links to campaigns in the report would be circulated for information. He reported on the ‘Charge My Street’ event that had taken place in Broughton in Furness. Mr Brereton provided a briefing on the successful event, he considered it a good model to roll out to rural communities.

 

A member reported on the ‘This Girl Can’ presentation and asked that this be shown to members at a future meeting. A breakdown would be provided to members on the NHS England’s additional resource of £25m which would be available to Integrated Care Systems for suicide prevention.

 

RESOLVED that, the report be noted.

27.

Partner Organisations pdf icon PDF 137 KB

27a

Outside Bodies

To receive feedback from members on the outside bodies that they serve, and from the Local Member Champions.

Minutes:

There were no reports made to the meeting on this occasion.

27b

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

Mrs Evans gave a briefing on the Foster Carers Steering Group meeting held on 12 July 2019. She explained the ‘Staying Put’ scheme for Children Looked After. She would be raising this at the forthcoming Corporate Parenting Board meeting.

 

Members were informed about the results of a survey of Cumbria County Council’s Foster Carers. A third had responded and she gave a brief synopsis of the responses to the Committee. She commented on the positive responses received from Foster Carers that had been appointed in the last three years.